Here is a passage from John Steinbeck's "The Log from the Sea of Cortez" and I'm interested in whatever your response is. "Why do we so dread to think of our species as a species? Can it be that we are afraid of what we may find? That human self-love would suffer too much and that the image of God might prove to be a mask? This could be only partly true, for if we could cease to wear the image of a kindly, bearded, interstellar dictator, we might find ourselves true images of his kingdom, our eyes nebulae, and universes in our cells."